Trip Start Jan 31, 2005
45Trip End Mar 30, 2006
We were lucky enough to have Darcy with us for part of our stay. The day she arrived we headed to the artsy neighborhood of San Telmo for the weekly antique and art market on the main square. In addition to the stuff for sale, there were several street performers. In true Buenos Aires character, we heard lots of tango music and watched some talented dancers. We then spent the next few days walking around the busy central part of the city and one day had lunch at the newly renovated port area. After we returned from our trip to Iguazu we spent a Sunday afternoon at a small town on the outskirts of Buenos Aires called Tigre - kind of a resorty town like South Haven, Michigan. Sailing, rowing, furniture shopping, crafts and a theme park with roller coasters. We went for a ride on a catamaran on the canals lining the downtown and then into the nearby delta. One of the last days Darcy was with us we all got a tour of the Argentina Congress building - interesting to learn about the government, the country's political history and see the site's beautiful architecture.
After Darcy left, one of our first trips was to the US Embassy so Allison could get some pages added to her passport. It was a sort of surreal experience - like we suddenly were beamed into a Secretary of State office and were waiting in line for a car registration or something
Toward the end of our stay in Buenos Aires we visited another neighborhood, La Recoleta, which is famous for a very old cemetery housing Buenos Aires's rich and deceased. It is a small city of huge crypts, some in great condition, others with busted doors or covered in cobwebs. Despite persisent checking behind broken doors, Jeff found nothing fit for a horror movie. Afterwards we walked through a huge nearby crafts market. We had expected Argentina to not have many handicrafts, but the city of Buenos Aires is seemingly filled with artisans making glass jewelry, leather bags and clothes, wood carvings, knitted scarves and hats, etc
The last day we were in Buenos Aires we visited one more neighborhood, La Boca. It was the first port in the city and isn't the best area of town these days, but there is one part that is really picturesque and popular (too popular) with tourists. The residents used to paint their houses with colorful leftovers from painting boats, and this tradition has been continued in one part of the neighborhood - see the photo we included.
So, there's South America for you. We'll be back sometime soon with our first report from Africa.......